…WHO REALLY KNOWS HATS | The Journal | MR PORTER
Hats have, largely, been out of fashion for 50 years; the great decline in their popularity has been traced back to President Kennedy’s 1963 inauguration, when he controversially avoided appearing in the top hat that was traditionally worn to the event. In reality, President Kennedy communicated rather than caused the decline of hat wearing. For a variety of reasons, which are set out in Mr Neil Steinberg’s excellent 2004
The American tradition of switching from felt to straw hats for summer, i.e. between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and then back again, was once taken so seriously that in September 1922 there were riots in Manhattan when sartorially zealous teenagers (!) went round knocking the straw hats off men who had yet to make the seasonal switch back to felt hats.
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